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Upfront Deep House / Techno / Electronica
Category: Deep House
Location: South Africa / Portugal / Berlin
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July 12, 2017 12:43 AM PDT

With releases on Get Physical, Atjazz recordings and Stay True Sounds, Bruce Loko is a rapid rising star in is native South Africa and globally.

He joins us for an exclusive mix on this artist focus and we got the chance to sit down with him and have a chat.

hk: Greetings Bruce Loko, thank you for joining us on the artist focus, we are excited to have you feature. You have exploded on to the scene leaving many excited, how long have you been involved in music and how did it all start?

BL: Uhm if I remember correctly, I made my first track back in 2006-7. even before that, when I thought fruity loops was a computer game. So I've been on/ off because of school but I don't keep track when it comes to music I'm focused on receiving my goal.

hk: You have releases on respected labels such as Atjazz record company, Get Physical and Stay True Sounds, you are grabbing attention globally at a manic pace, what are your future ambitions?

BL: I wanna see myself headlining big festivals around the world sharing my positive energy with other musos.

hk: We live in a time where it is incredibly hard to define electronic music, how would you describe your sound?

BL: I'd say ambient and atmospheric sounds but I just love weird sounds. Your ears must be unlocked to hear certain frequencies to understand the LOKO sounds.

hk: You have had the chance to perform abroad, how was the experience, and how does it differ from performing in South Africa?

BL: The experience was everything I imagined before. Abroad they just appreciate music more and they are opened minded...meaning you can play whatever you feel, they'll appreciate it.

There's certain gigs in SA where music is also appreciated. But I always give 110% energy when I'm performing.

hk: There are endless combinations of equipment used in DJ booths today, what is your preferred way to perform and why?

BL: Ahhh anything is fine for me. It's not the equipment that must do the job...

hk: All artists have some records that just lift the mood and excite the dance floor, what records do you never leave home without?

BL: Whooaaa lately I've been listening to Adriatique... they've got a lovely groove. So anything by these guys

hk: If you were stranded on an island, what 5 things would you take with you?

1 flare
2 blanket
3 knife
4 lighter
5 rope

hk: It’s always good to hear an interesting memory from a performance whether it humorous or outrageous, what is one memory that you can share with us?

BL: CTEMF 2017, first time performing in Cape Town...only few people knew who I was haha
But after I dropped 3-4 tracks, the energy was elevated and I bonded with the crowd

hk: There are a lot things up and coming artists could learn from you, what is the top advice you would give to aspiring artists?

BL: Focus on your journey. Be patient

hk: Thank you for joining us at the hk podcast, we are a fan of your work and look forward to your future endevours, before we close off do you have any upcoming news you would like to share or message to your fans?

BL: Hyperion EP dropping soon on Get Physical music. Lookout for this peace of art

June 26, 2017 06:15 AM PDT

The relaunch under the new name hk podcast welcomes us back with interviews, articles, album reviews and more and a stellar resident mix by Miguel Tavares

August 24, 2016 02:47 AM PDT

The mighty co owner at Stay True sounds Kid Fonque joins us in our latest Artist Focus release.

Join us with his exclusive HK Artist Focus mix and read further while we had the chance to have a chat with this talented individual.

HK: Welcome to the HK Podcast Kid Fonque, we are super excited to have you on board. Thanks for taking the time in talking to us. As you need no introduction lets get the more serious questions out the way. Your label Stay True Sounds has proven to be of international quality and is breaking barriers in the South African Industry, you have teamed up Jullian Gomes in this venture, how did it all start out?

KF: It goes back to when I used to label Manage Soul Candi. I chatted to G-Family (Micheal G & Jullian) about doing a comp and we worked together and released their ‘Pioneers Of House’ which landed up being SAMA nominated. From this we grew to know each other and listen to each others music taste, hang out etc.
A year later JG sent me ‘Love Song 28’ which I jumped on for Soul Candi and again we worked very closely on the video and strategy for the song. We always discussed how cool it would be to do our own thing.
Last year Soul Candi stopped being a record label and I knew that it was the right time start. I chatted to JG and we got cracking. We are 7 months young and very proud of the music and artists we represent.

HK: Your release Bossa Over? has received great revues, what is the story behind the name and what inspired you?

KF: Ah Bossa Over? Its my 3rd solo single and its very me☺ I cant help but release these jazzy little tunes. All my productions are very sample based and always include bits from my own record collection, a little hip hop, a little jazz and it so happened my keys guy V-The Vowel did this amazing latin keys on the flip.
A lot of people know me for my love of latin music so the name is a question about Bossa Nova, is it over?
I think not☺

HK: You recently played at South Africa’s leg of the Boiler Room, how was that experience?

KF: Wow, what a platform. Amazing experience and JG and myself got to play b2b which I don’t think we have done before. We used the platform to showcase some of our label and our own unreleased productions. To this day people watch it and give us great feedback.

HK: Music theses days is more accessible than ever before, are you more selective with projects you take on and the frequency of your releases?

KF: We are very fortunate that we react to music we receive the same way, Jullian and I know what we want and our output to be, if we ‘um’ and ‘ah’ about a tune we don’t sign it.
We are not too stressed about the amount of content we put out every EP, single and song grows in its own ways. So far we have had some super support from local and international DJ’s with our content, so we just keep doing it, not sure we know how to do anything else.

HK: If you were being taken to an island and were only allowed to take 3 items with you, what would they be?

KF: Haha, do my family qualify as items? I would take my son, wife and music. That’s all I need. Well if I could squeeze in my trainers too then then would be me sorted.

HK: What is the strangest request you received at a gig?

KF:I have been in this DJ/Music thing for 20 years now so had them all. I think the most offensive one I have had is ‘ play something good’.

HK: Any words of inspiration for up and coming artists?

KF:Make music that makes you happy, not what you think people want to hear, make what works with your soul even if its not popular, guess that’s why we are called Stay True Sounds. If you are faking it people will know.

HK: Kid Fonque, thanks for your time, are there any projects / gigs you’d like to tell us about happening in the near future?
So Much music, I have some singles coming out with my pal D-Malice on Stay True. We are also finally done with our album, which will be coming out next year. As always gigging and keeping my brand #2sidesofthebeat (My monthly at Kitcheners) going. Check kidfonque.co.za for updates.

Track listing:

1 - Phony PPL - End Of The Night (Louis Futon Mix)
2 - Kid Fonque - Bossa Over?
3 - Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura Band - The Rumba Experiment (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix)
4 - Harvey Sutherland - Bamboo
5 - Bruce Loko - Lost
6 - Suedebrown - Tonight
7 - Prequel - Nothing Better
8 - Henry Wu - Back To Brukka
9 - Brad Coleman - Deep Down
10 - Martin Iveson - Leave Me Here
11 - Letherette - Rayon
12 - Brie Boetang - Speak To Me (Jonny's Dream Dub)
13 - Sygaire - Dschumm
14 - Bajka - Invisible Joy

September 30, 2015 01:42 PM PDT

It's our 4th installment of the HK Artist Focus and we are immensely excited to give you the master himself Charles Webster! With his undeniable talent and experience in the music industry he needs no introduction to even the non house lover! We got the chance to to talk to him, visit our site at www.houseknights.com and take some time to listen to what he had to say.

May 21, 2015 10:32 AM PDT

It's our third installment of our Artist Focus series and this week we bring you Hyenah.

In 2014 Hyenah, an enigmatic persona exploded on to the deep house music scene with a debut EP (The Wish) on Freerange Records which floored every major dance floor from Berlin to Johannesburg. It was charted and played by industry heavyweights including Dixon, Âme, Rampa, Jimpster and Black Coffee just to name a few. With it’s level of rotation a second EP soon followed later that year (Tale From The Dirt) which further solidified his name into deep house soil. Drum driven grooves and energetic rhythms are the core to his sound, but the man without a face keeps us wondering about whats coming up next. House Knights catch up with Hyenah to get to know more about him.

HK: Hyenah thanks for taking up some time to talk to us, normally we’d start asking you about who you are and where you’re from but in this case we’ll skip those questions. Let’s talk about your debut EP on Freerange (The Wish), how did that come about? Because out of the blue we were introduced to Hyenah without warning or introduction.

H: I guess that’s the best part of debut releases: they come unexpected and out of the blue - something that never happens again. I was just very lucky that Jimpster saw the potential and the right people supported it from the beginning. In my opinion good music should be able to speak for itself and that’s why I like the idea of entering the scene without any introduction. Once you know who is behind a certain track people start to listen to it differently. I wanted a clean sheet, free of attributes. Just the music and some visuals.
About the music: The wish was just what just felt right at that time. Some South African vibe, a bit more in your face and with a slight techno-feel, still soulful and with proper percussions and a nice story. Pure energy and lots of soul. A raw beauty is what I wanted to create.

HK: Your tracks are being charted and played by some of the biggest names in the industry, how did this make you feel knowing that your work is being acknowledged by your peers?

H: Obviously I am super happy about the feedback I got for The Wish. First of all from Jimpster and Freerange who believed in me almost from the beginning, second from Manoo, who also believed in the track and produced two amazing remixes that gave it an extra push. When all the rest happened, I was just overwhelmed: Black Coffee quoting it as the most underrated track of the year and playing it all the time, Culoe de Song dropping it in many of his sets, Dixon, Ame, Mano Le Tough and all these guys playing it all over the world. All these guys are heros for me. Insane! I am just as happy about the second release though. All these guys reacting the same way a second time is just nuts. Thanks a lot to Rampa for his remix of „Tale from the dirt“. He created a real masterpiece.

HK: Your music is deeply rooted with African infuences, is this the core structure we can expect from you or is Hyenah multifaceted when it comes to his production?

H: In the very near future I am not going to get super deep into scandinavian folk music or traditional vietnamese harmonies. The Hyenah is an african creature. So my power is gained from the african groove. It is the foundation of my existence. Obviously there will always be other influences that add up to the magic. The raw beauty I was talking about is what I am about at the moment. We will see what the future brings though.

HK: This year your gigging has picked up momentum, recently you played at Djoon in Paris and have dates coming up in Berlin and Barcelona. How would you compare playing to European crowds to let’s say that of South African crowds?

H: The South African crowd is so special! there is no doubt about it. Many of these heads musically really feel what I feel. We enjoy the same things: the groove the harmonies, surprising elements that appear and disappear out of nothing the plain deep longer lasting arrangements . And there I would find a certain easiness and state of just being relaxed while letting the music evolve so that dancing is just the most natural response. Europe sometimes has a bit more of a stiff and observing vibe and clearly not everyone there has a physical approach to dance music but a rather intellectual.

HK: Music theses days is more accessible than ever before, are you more selective with projects you take on and the frequency of your releases?

H: With my two releases out, one new EP in the pipeline and one remix to be released this month I can’t really say I am taking on too much. I am mainly focusing on quality. I - and obviously a label that I like - need to believe that these tunes are really needed in this world. That is why I mainly want to work with labels that I highly respect. I want the tough selection to filter to great from the maybe not as impressive tracks. As a producer it sometimes is hard to judge.

When it comes to remixes, I really am being very selective though. I would not try to remix a song that i am not a 100% sure about being able to contribute something in my eyes essential to the composition and sound. I do prefer tracks with musical elements. Frankey & Sandrino’s „Starchild“ had exactly those elements. Pure „tracks", that are amazingly engineered but without musical elements are less interesting for me. If a track is great the way it is and I feel like I wouldn’t have done it differently, I won’t take on a remix either. You know, remix normally means just as much work as an original. so I rather do my own originals if the track I am supposed to rework does not give me the ingredients I need for my magic.

HK: If you were being taken to an island and were only allowed to take 3 items with you, what would they be?

H: Phew. I guess it depends on the island, its weather and food conditions and the time period I’d have to stay. winking All in all company is probably not the worst thing to have some company on a lonely Island… maybe some pretty one of the opposite sex that I feel attracted to. And she feels attracted to me too. Intellectually it would be nice to be on about the same bandwidth too. Am I being too rational here?

HK: Have you had any strange requests in recent gigs?

H: Nope. Besides people asking me to take off my mask. So far people are very respectful with the Hyenah. Maybe because they know it is dangerous to take the wrong turns, you never know what might happen… Sorry. I do know though that these requests can be very, very funny.

HK: Hyenah, thanks for your time, are there any projects / gigs you’d like to tell us about happening in the near future?

H: Yes! Please do watch out for my upcoming remix for Frankey & Sandrino’s „Starchild“ on Drumpoet Community. It should be out the day before my gig with Black Coffee at the legendary Watergate Club in Berlin / Germany on the 23rd of May. You can already check it on Soundcloud. And in September there is going to be the next release of mine: An EP on Dennis Ferrer’s NYC based label Objektivity. There is one secret I can already tell you about that release: It will include vocals by South Africas very own Nonku. I can’t wait to unleash that dragon, believe me!

HK want to thank Hyenah for the time taken our for this interview. Please note, this segment will only be streamed until further notice, downloads will be enabled once consent from the artist has been received.

Don't forget to check out Hyenah's remix of Frankey & Sandrinos ''Starchild'' dropping this month on Drumpoet Community.

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